TOKYO (TR) – The suspects in this week’s beating death of restaurant manager Ryosuke Fujimoto had a dispute with the victim at the same Roppongi club at the end of August, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Sep. 5).
At 3:40 a.m. on September 2, a group of 10 men in ski masks and armed with metal bats arrived at club Flower and assaulted Fujimoto, who was drinking in the club’s VIP room with a party of five or six persons. The 31-year-old suffered substantial head injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died an hour and 20 minutes later.
Police investigators on Wednesday revealed that Fujimoto had a confrontation with a group of four young men at Flower the week before, when he was visiting the club for the first time. The group soon after apologized to Fujimoto. The men are alleged to have been a part of the group that attacked Fujimoto one week later.
Yukan Fuji (Sep. 4) provides a floor plan of Flower and location of Fujimoto’s seat at the time of the attack. Police are now investigating any possible relationship between the dispute and the subsequent assault.
Approximately 300 customers were on the premises on September 2. The assailants fled the scene by car. TV Asahi (Sep. 5) indicates that security cameras recorded two vans, one silver and the other black, used by the suspects leaving from just outside Flower.